Special Projects Director (Coordinated)


Job Title: Special Projects Director 
Reports to: Coordinated Campaign Manager
Salary: $7,000/month, $84,000/annually with a generous benefits package
Location: Madison or Milwaukee, WI (Please note: Employment with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin requires residence or willingness to relocate to the state of Wisconsin.)
Start date: Summer 2024
Application Deadline: June 30th, 2024 (Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Deadlines may be shortened or extended as necessary. There is no guarantee this posting will remain open until the deadline or be closed on the deadline. This is a suggested timeframe based on organization needs.)

About The Democratic Party of Wisconsin: WisDems is nationally recognized as one of the country’s highest-performing and most pivotal political organizations. During the 2024 cycle, WisDems will drive massive programs to defend the Democratic majority in the United States Senate by re-electing Senator Tammy Baldwin, to re-elect President Biden for a second term, elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot, and work to build volunteer-led coalitions for the long term. WisDems’ work is grounded in inclusion, respect, and empowerment across race, gender, other dimensions of identity, and the rural/suburban/urban divide. Our work continues year-round, collaborating with partners to build a movement that delivers meaningful change for all Wisconsinites. We seek outstanding applicants who share our values and vision to join the team, help win elections, and build a future where everyone can thrive.

The Opportunity: As Special Projects Director, you will support the WI Campaign Manager and the senior staff team by managing important deadlines, deliverables, and requests for time. In this role, you will be expected to maintain confidentiality regarding your access to important strategic projects and will be responsible for facilitating communication and collaboration among a variety of staff. This high level involvement will require organizational skills, the ability to multitask, and boundary-setting proficiency. The Special Projects Director will own the responsibilities of logistical coordination on the Campaign Manager’s behalf along with other discrete projects as directed by the Campaign Manager.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Manage fast-moving deadlines and complex projects with multiple stakeholders and contributors.
  • Own individual projects that may not otherwise fall into the expertise of any single department or require inputs from multiple departments. 
  • Track and ensure proper follow-up from meetings and interactions with staff or other stakeholders.
  • Make scheduling decisions in correspondence with appropriate staff.
  • Ensure that necessary staff have reviewed and approved documents. 
  • Maintain a holistic schedule for the Campaign Manager and the senior team to optimize efficiency and collaboration.
  • Lead check-ins and other calls as assigned by the Campaign Manager. 
  • Navigate complex political relationships and prioritize responses or project delivery accordingly.
  • Coordinate travel or other logistics.
  • Attend regular business and strategy meetings to take notes and catalog follow-up.
  • On year requirements include working outside of normal work hours; including canvassing and other election-preparation as necessary.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Growth Mindset – Able to take and implement feedback.
  • Relentlessly Goal-Oriented – Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Keeps calm in stressful situations. Has the capacity and willingness to work long hours during peak season, rolling up their sleeves and getting the work done.
  • Cultural Competency – Able to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities. Understands how to take an inclusive lens into all aspects of work.
  • Organizational Skills – Demonstrated ability to handle incoming information from several  mediums while remaining incredibly organized and establishing time to look ahead and potential scheduling issues.
  • Prioritization Skills – Must have experience balancing competing priorities and deadlines in addition to recognizing one’s own capacity and when to say no.
  • Scheduling Experience – Able to handle multiple calendars with the intention of looking ahead to avoid overlaps.
  • Confidentiality Management – Must have ability to navigate multiple sources of confidential information with discretion. 
  • Experience of working in a political party or on an election campaign. 

Benefits: Great benefits including; excellent health care ($1/month), dental ($1/month), vision ($1/month), life insurance (free), short term and long-term disability (free), TalkSpace virtual therapy, free Calm premium subscription, mileage reimbursement, monthly cell phone stipend, paid vacation days (starting at 10 days), retirement plan with 3% employer match, 3 floating holidays, 9 paid holidays. 

Equity and Inclusion: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has a vision for a deeply inclusive  and diverse party organization, membership, and electorate. In order to be successful at the  Democratic Party of Wisconsin candidates must have the cultural competence to successfully  work with a diverse array of constituency groups. We especially strongly encourage applicants  with close ties to Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, Muslim, non-English-speaking, disability, and LGBTQIA+ communities. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note on COVID-19: Candidates will be required to verify that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment, except where prohibited by law. Fully vaccinated includes receiving any booster shots recommended by the CDC or other public health authorities within the timeframe recommended. Reasonable accommodations due to disability, medical condition, or bona fide religious belief will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.